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Jan 28, 2011

Nine entered for Holy Bull Stakes



Hallandale Beach, FL (Sports Network) - The Gulfstream Park trail to the Kentucky Derby begins in earnest Sunday with the 22nd edition of the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes. The one-mile race has attracted nine three-year-olds

Leading the field of Kentucky Derby contenders is Mucho Macho Man owned by Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and partners. The colt will start from post seven with Eibar Coa riding.

Trained by Katherine Ritvo, Mucho Macho Man will be making his first start of the year after closing 2010 with second-place finishes in the Nashua and Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct.

Mucho Macho Man has earned $110,643 in five starts with one win.

Breaking from post six will be Leave of Absence and jockey Rajiv Maragh. The colt is trained by Rick Violette for Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence.

Leave of Absence had a solid effort at Gulfstream earlier this month with a second in the Spectacular Bid Stakes.

"He worked very well and ran a good race in the Spectacular Bid," said Violette after a recent workout. "He just confirmed what we thought of him."

Leave of Absence has banked $52,100 with one win in three starts.

The top money earner in the field is Gourmet Dinner, winner of the $1 million Delta Jackpot. The colt will be ridden by Sebastian Madrid from the inside post.

Owned by Our Sugar Bear Stable, Gourmet Dinner earned $600,000 with the Delta Jackpot victory in November at Delta Downs in Louisiana, The colt, trained by Steve Standridge, has won four of six starts for $869,660.

Last month Gourmet Dinner finished fourth in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park. He also won two Florida-bred stakes at Calder in 2010 with a second-place result in a third.

Here is the complete field for the Holy Bull in post position order: Gourmet Dinner, Sebastian Madrid; Major Gain, Javier Castellano; Printing Press, Elvis Trujillo; Black N Beauty, Kent Desormeaux; Ribo Bobo, Edgar Prado; Leave of Absence, Rajiv Maragh; Mucho Macho Man, Eibar Coa; Sweet Ducky, Joe Bravo and Dialed In, Julien Leparoux.

Up coming three-year-old stakes at Gulfstream are the Fountain of Youth on February 26 and the Florida Derby on April 3. The Holy Bull is the first Gulfstream Park qualifying race for the 'Preakness 5.5' program.

Post-time for the Holy Bull is scheduled for 5:26 p.m. (et).

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